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Suspect in wide-ranging crime spree kills himself

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Posted: Nov 20, 2010 11:43 AM
Updated: Nov 20, 2010 11:43 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: suspect, crime, spree, suicide

Authorities said a man who was being sought as a suspect in a Louisiana crime spree that included bank robbery, murder and kidnapping committed suicide Friday in Oklahoma.

Stephen Salsbury Jr., 26, who had a shoot-out in Columbia County Thursday night with an off-duty Louisiana officer, killed himself in front of authorities during a standoff in a parking lot in downtown Oklahoma City.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Michael Clark told the Banner-News in Magnolia, Ark., that he was at the scene at the time of the shooting and Salsbury was "genuinely dead."

Oklahoma City Police Capt. Patrick Stewart said U.S. marshals and FBI agents found Salsbury at the Bass Pro Shops parking lot in Bricktown, an entertainment district near downtown Oklahoma City.

Salsbury called 911 on a cellular phone just before 11 a.m. Friday, gave his location, and told the operator he was being sought by law enforcement officers, Stewart said. He then said the officers would be able to find his body on the Bass Pro parking lot, Stewart said.

When deputies attempted to approach Salsbury, "he walked around in front of the vehicle and that's where he committed suicide," Clark said.

Salsbury was suspected of a crime spree in which he broke into a West Monroe apartment looking for his wife's ex-husband, robbed a bank and then shot and killed an elderly man as he put groceries in his car outside a supermarket. Police said the shooting appeared to be random.

As he fled Louisiana, Salsbury kidnapped a Webster Parish sheriff's dispatcher as she filled her sport-utility vehicle with gas near the Louisiana-Arkansas border, authorities said. It was her car he walked in front of when he pulled the trigger, authorities said.

Officials believe Salsbury was involved in several carjacking attempts on Thursday afternoon, including one in Union County and in Columbia County where he tried to carjack an unidentified individual in Taylor before heading toward Springhill, La., where he was involved in the shootout with the Louisiana deputy.

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